With the release of iOS 12.4, Apple officially rolled out its new iPhone migration feature to make it quicker to move data between two iPhones. iPhone Migration is an add-on to the iPhone’s Quick Start proximity-based initial setup utility and can be used to transfer all of your data wirelessly from a current iPhone to a new iPhone. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough to see how to use iPhone Migration in iOS 12.4 or later.
How to use the iPhone migration tool in iOS 12.4
Note: iPhone migration appears to be for iPhones only at this time. Users must be on 12.4 or higher in order to use iPhone migration. For the record, I was not able to use iPhone migration on the iOS 13 beta.
Step 1: Power on the destination iPhone, and place the source iPhone next to it to invoke the Quick Start proximity-based initial set up utility. Once the Quick Start authentication pattern appears on the destination iPhone, use the source iPhone’s camera to authenticate using the pattern. Once you enter the source iPhone’s passcode on the destination iPhone it will establish a wireless connection between the two devices. This connection allows you to migrate settings — Wi-Fi, Apple ID, etc. — automatically.
Video: How to use the iPhone migration tool in iOS 12.4
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Step 2: The Transfer Your Data screen is a brand new take on the old Apps & Data screen used to restore data back to your devices in the past. On the Transfer Your Data screen, you’ll find three options: